OMG Chinese Beef with Broccoli

by Cate on November 11, 2009

Chinese Beef with Broccoli

We are ripe for another OMG recipe, don’t you think?  Have I got just the one for you.  For those that watch Rachael Ray, you know that she is fond of saying that in less time than you can order and receive take-out, you can make something just as delicious at home for a fraction of the cost.  It’s true, you know.  And she must have been talking about Jaden’s Chinese Beef with Broccoli.  In just about 15 minutes flat, you will be eating the most OMG Chinese Beef with Broccoli that has ever touched your tastebuds.  If you don’t have two kids using your legs as “safe base,” then you might even get it done in 12 minutes.

I first “met” Jaden a few years ago when she started writing for me on The Well Fed Network.  Her pictures and commentary were much the same as what you have grown to love and know her for on her own Steamy Kitchen website.  Drool-worthy pictures and humorous content, she was one to watch, and back then, a star in the making.

Flash forward a few years, she’s blogging for Club Med (how do I land a gig like that?!), doing regular cooking segments on tv, and touring in support of her first cookbook.  Her first cookbook!

The kids are fond of both beef or chicken with broccoli when we get take-out from the local Chinese food joint, so the Beef with Broccoli was the perfect first recipe to try from her new cookbook.  On the first bite I took from the pan, it was so hot that I burned my tongue.  The food was so good, I went back for a second bite, clearly not learning my lesson with the now-burned tongue.

When it comes to meat, Nick is a little fickle.  Some days he can outeat his dad; other days he swears that he has never liked meat nor has it ever touched his lips.  I watched as he took his first bite.  I know better than to say anything or to call attention to the fact that he might or might not like it.  He shoveled it in faster than I’ve seen in awhile.  Actually, the last time I saw him eat meat that fast is when he has Bulgogi.  As for Madeline, I could barely cut it fast enough to keep up with the speed in which she was eating it.

Suffice it to say, the dish was a huge hit all around the table.  Easy to make, quick preparation and OMG taste status to boot.  You can be sure that we’ll be making this one again and again and again… now to try the rest of the recipes in the cookbook.  If this one is any indication, we’re in trouble.  But the very best kind.

Hungry for more of Jaden’s delicious recipes?
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A year ago today … my baby was nine months old.
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Four years ago today Cinnamon-Pancetta Carbonara (another OMG recipe) and Nick’s baby face.

Chinese Beef with Broccoli
Recipe courtesy of Jaden Hair

1 lb (500 g) top sirloin or flank steak, thinly sliced into 1/8-in (3-mm)-thick strips
-1/2 lbs (750 g) broccoli, cut into bite-size florets
1 tablespoon high-heat cooking oil
1 tablespoon minced garlic

1-1/2 teaspoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon cooking oil
Freshly ground black pepper to season the beef

3 tablespoons oyster sauce
2 teaspoons Chinese rice wine (or dry sherry) (I used white wine since I forgot this item on my grocery list)
2 teaspoons Chinese black vinegar (or balsamic vinegar)

In a bowl, combine the ingredients for the Beef Marinade. Add the beef and let marinate for 10 minutes at room temperature.

In a small bowl, mix together the ingredients for the Stir-fry Sauce.

In a wok or large sauté pan, add 1 inch (2.5 cm) of water and bring to a boil. Add the broccoli and cover to steam for 3 minutes. The broccoli should be bright green, crisp tender and you should be able to pierce the stem with a fork. Drain.

Discard the water in the pan and dry the pan well. Set the pan over high heat and when hot, add the high-heat cooking oil and swirl to coat. Add the garlic and fry for 15 to 30 seconds, until fragrant. Add the steak strips, keeping them in one layer and fry 30 seconds. Flip the strips and fry the other side.

Pour in the Stir-fry Sauce and stir to combine. Simmer until the sauce is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, about 30 seconds. Add the cooked broccoli back into the pan and toss to coat well.

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{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Patsy Kreitman November 11, 2009 at 10:39 pm

Your photo is making me drool! I have her new cookbook and that recipe is one I have marked to try soon!


Sandie (Inn Cuisine) November 12, 2009 at 1:50 am

Three cheers for Jaden! I’ve never made Beef & Broccoli at home, but if there’s a recipe I would try—this is it!


Joanne November 12, 2009 at 7:15 am

I love beef with broccoli but haven’t eaten it in a long time because I try not to order take-out. This looks like an amazing and accurate rendition! I have been meaning to get my hands on Jaden’s cookbook. I’ve heard such good things about it.


grace November 12, 2009 at 10:03 am

well, there aren’t many things worse than burning your tongue and that’s the truth. this dish looks so savory and scrumptious that it’s obvious why you were unable to wait. :)


Cathy November 12, 2009 at 10:05 am

Beef and broccoli is up there for me with sweet and sour pork. I’m going to try this next week!


Ramona November 12, 2009 at 10:38 am

Beef and broccoli is one of my favorites too. I like Jaden’s blog. So I image her cookbook will be a hit.


Sarah Caron November 12, 2009 at 1:14 pm

Looks awesome! We are big beef with broccoli fans here too. Can’t wait to try this version. And Jaden’s book is totally going on my Christmas wish list :)


Shannon November 12, 2009 at 5:35 pm

i met her this weekend! very kewl :) i’ll be giving this one a try!


Barbara November 12, 2009 at 8:00 pm

Jaden must have one great cookbook if this recipe is any example! Love your photo and nice that your entire family liked it- that says a lot. Will copy the recipe and then put her book on my wish list!


The Sister In-Law November 12, 2009 at 8:19 pm

sounds delicious – the b/f loves beef and broccoli and I just got some at the farmers market. A perfect meal for this weekend.



jaden November 13, 2009 at 9:00 am

Oh I love it!!! Sorry about burnt tongue…..



Farmgirl Susan November 13, 2009 at 11:32 am

I’m definitely going to try this recipe. Love the quick simplicity – and it looks delicious! It’s impossible to find decent Chinese food in rural Missouri (especially after growing up near San Francisco with its fabulous Chinatown) and broccoli beef has always been one of my favorites. Thanks for including your substitutions – now all I have to do is hunt down some oyster sauce! :)


Ashley November 13, 2009 at 10:35 pm

This is the ones I haven’t tried yet but I definitely will! I don’t remember seeing it when I was doing recipe testing for her book. Her stuff is always pretty amazing, and with a great review from you, too…it must be a winner! :)


favorite recipes August 27, 2010 at 4:01 am

great post, keep up the good work.


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